– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Ralph Breaks the Internet is a big deal for Disney, as it will mark the first theatrical sequel for an animated film since The Rescuers Down Under hit theaters back in the late-1980s. Needless to say, its performance at the box office didn’t encourage many quality sequels in the past 30 years, but can the curse be broken with this sequel to Ralph Breaks the Internet? Well, it all starts with critical reception…so how is it faring?

The embargo has officially lifted for the film, and reviews are starting to trickle online, and while there are only a bit more than a handful to speak of, there does seem to be a promising trend. On the whole, they all seem to agree that it’s a film full of charm — one that isn’t afraid to go big — but also one that doesn’t quite live up to its predecessor.

Silver Screen Riot

“The animation is crisp, the humor often on point – despite giving into occasionally groan-inducing scatalogical comedy (burps, farts, “duty” sounding like “doody” jokes; all which get limited mileage from anyone post-pubescent) – and the central message about being a good and supportive friend is kind of impactful if not overwhelmingly emotional. This is not upper-tier Disney Animation nor will it inspire a revisit in the future, but it’s a very charming and amusing theatrical experience nonetheless.”


“Yes, Ralph Breaks the Internet is much bigger than Wreck-It Ralph, and I hesitate to say that it’s actually “better.” But at the very least it’s on par with the original, proving that going big can, on a few rare occasions, actually be a good thing.”

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Though not everyone was smitten. /Film, in particular, was a bit harsh on the film, and gave a review that would likely register as a “rotten” on Rotten Tomatoes.


“There’s nothing exactly wrong with Ralph Breaks the Internet, but it lacks the same emotional heft as Disney’s 2016 efforts, Zootopia and Moana. It’s not that this new film avoids emotion — Ralph and Vanellope’s friendship is fraught with it — as much as it simply feels a bit more forced this time around. What makes Disney animated films so special is their universality, and it’s a bit hard to find that in a movie that feels very, very specific to the time of its release. (Or, more frankly, to two years ago, when some of the cultural references might have had more bite.) Even the depiction of Ralph’s friendship with Vanellope is rooted in a specific time period, or in the way that people are Facebook friends with each other in the mid-21st century.”

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.